USC football recruiting class superlatives for Signing Day 2019
With Signing Day in the books, which USC football signee for 2019 was the best get and worst loss? Who stands the tallest, has the best name and has the biggest upside?
USC football’s 2019 recruiting class finished up on Wednesday afternoon with 26 total additions. It included no 247Sports composite five stars, but featured eight four-star players and 18 three-star prospects.
Though it is far from the Trojans best recruiting haul, the group still filled many of the needs of the roster, despite some hiccups along the way.
Here are the superlatives for USC’s 2019 recruiting class:
Best get: Kyle Ford
There was a time when USC’s 2019 receiving class was truly an embarrassment of riches. The Trojans had five-star athlete Bru McCoy, four-stars Kyle Ford, Puka Nacua and Drake London, and three-star Muni McClain.
By Signing Day, McCoy was gone (more on that later) and Nacua was so torn in his decision that he decided to wait to sign a letter of intent. That’s why holding onto Ford stands as USC’s biggest victory of the cycle.
Ford committed at the All-American Bowl, on the same day as McCoy, and almost immediately there was speculation that he might explore other options after the departure of new offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury.
In the end, the hiring of Graham Harrell and commitment to transitioning to the Air Raid helped keep Ford in place. USC was pleased to announce his signing on Wednesday and he will stand as the Trojans’ top-ranked player in the class.
A high school knee injury may prevent him from contributing right away, but he has a skillset reminiscent of JuJu Smith-Schuster, which is likely to make him a key receiver by the time Michael Pittman and Tyler Vaughns depart.
The day USC is without playmakers of Ford’s caliber is the day the Trojans’ influence has truly waned.